Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on...

Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...


Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Find out whether life really is better down where it's wetter in this exhibition of images and information collected during the three-year long Catlin Seaview Survey of coral reefs. More than 250 specimens from the Natural History Museum's collections will also be on show, including coral collected by Darwin on the HMS Beagle. A live coral reef and a virtual dive will give visitors a thorough view of these natural underwater masterpieces.

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Natural History Museum Until Sunday September 13 2015

Natural History Museum Late

A monthly late opening of the museum and temporary exhibitions, with free entry to the Central Hall and Images of Nature gallery, changing discussions on timely themes, open-mic performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the evening, and British farmers’-market-style food and drink in the pop-up restaurant. Themes for each monthly discussion change; see the museum website for details of forthcoming discussions, which are bookable in advance.

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Natural History Museum Friday April 24 2015 - Friday October 30 2015

Revelations: Experiments in Photography

The invention of photography helped Victorian scientists to capture things too small and too fast for the human eye to see. So it’s apt this Science Museum show should focus on the mutually inspiring terrain of scientific study and artistic endeavour. Bringing together the early photomicrography experiments of British inventor William Henry Fox Talbot with contemporary artists including Idris Khan and Clare Strand, ‘Revelations: Experiments in Photography’ reveals the everlasting aesthetic stimulus of early photographic techniques.

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Science Museum Until Sunday September 13 2015

Hawker House

Street Feast are bringing their food-focused party to an indoor venue so that we can tuck into delicious dishes from some of the city's best street food vendors without catching a chill. Craft beer, hot cocktails and DJs will complement the three floors of food options, with a wine and cocktail bar on the top floor from Milk & Honey offering whisky roulette (spin the wheel to win a measure of one of 36 kinds of whisky). Vendors to look out for include Yum Bun, Bob's Lobster, Breddos and Busan BBQ.

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260-264 Kingsland Road Friday April 3 2015 - Sunday April 5 2015 Free

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen became fashion's enfant terrible in 1992 when the then 21-year-old debuted his own line, and he continued to dazzle with out-of-this-world haute couture until his untimely death in 2010. This phenomenally successful exhibition was one of New York's most visited exhibitions when it debuted at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute in 2011. Here in London, the V&A will host more than 200 examples of the late designer's astonishingly original works, with an additional section on McQueen's development in London when he started out as a designer. The pieces will be presented thematically, conserving and often mimicking the stylised presentation of the designer's catwalk shows. Tickets are on sale now for what is sure to be one of 2015's must-see shows. 

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V&A Until Sunday July 19 2015
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